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Some Sprite Edits I Made (featuring MR. DESTRUCTOID!)


So, one of things I do to distract myself is to mess around with Photoshop, or video editing. As I've shown before, my favorite type of art to play with are sprites and animated gifs. I have no natural artistic talent or training (I'm absolutely terrible at drawing and painting), but working with sprites is a lot simpler, since it usually involves working pixel-by-pixel, and there's a lot of templates to build on. When Paul Robertson, the lead animator of the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World game, released several of the character sprites he designed, I quickly went to work playing around with them, and seeing what I could make using the animated sprites as templates.

My first attempt was to modify the basic Scott sprite into an avatar of myself.

Most of it was fairly simple, involving recoloring the clothing and hair, changing the short-sleeved shirt into a long one, and adding the small beard. The hardest part was adding the glasses. I pretty much had to replace the eyes altogether, and the glasses "bounce" (which I'll admit didn't work as well as intended) was difficult to sync between each frame. It's not really my ideal result, but it works for the time being. I might go back and change it later.

Did you notice that little Destructoid head on my shirt? Since the amount of pixels in the sprite are quite small, my flexibility for making shapes was limited. However, that gave me the idea to do...


This is a modification of the Stephen Stills idle sprite, and is a much more substantial edit. Obviously, the head was completely replaced by the Destructoid helmet, which I drew from scratch. To add a bit of life to the face (since it doesn't move like a human one), I made the eyes flash. In addition to recoloring the clothing to match the classic Mr. Destructoid suit, I had to make some major changes in the neck (adding the tie and lapels) and the waist (changing from a tucked shirt to a loose jacket). Overall, though, I think the final product worked out well despite the limitations of the small pixel size.

Just figured I'd put these up here before I go to PAX, and see what people think.

(P.S. For anyone wondering about my Video Game Mind Teasers contest, I'll probably contact the winners in the next few days. However I won't post the results/answers until next week, due to PAX.)

[i](P.P.S. The animated background from the header image comes from this post from St�phane Boutin, who also did art for the game)[/i
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About Guncannonone of us since 2:54 AM on 01.31.2009

Previous posts:

May Community Monthly Musing Recap
My expertise: Memorization, obsession and Star Fox 64 (Monthly Musing)
I suck at games: Confessions of an Item Hoarder (Monthly Musing)

Regular Articles:
Why Kinect Will Fail: The Name.
My own Listblog, but with some interesting categories.
(Relatively) Short Blog: Environment in Red Dead Redemption
Dr. Samit, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love SPORTS! (Monthly Musing)
The Airport: Last Refuge of the Arcade?
Ranking the Zelda series from my own memories
An Essay/Review of a Canadian History video game
8-bit remixes of Gundam music!
Rental Recollections: 7-7-7
Maniac Mansion: The TV Show

One Song...Many Remixes:
Volume 1: Mega Man X, Intro Stage

Video Game Mind Teasers (on hiatus until site upgrade)
Volume 15: Missing Edition
Volume 14: Touch Fuzzy Edition
Volume 13: SONIC EDITION!!!
Volume 12: Continuing Edition
Volume 11: Back to the Beginning Edition
Volume 10: Prizes Edition!
9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

My videos:
Bit Transmission!
Guile's Theme + They Live!

Community Activities:
Destructoid: A YouTube Search Story

History in Video Games: Roundtable Podcast

Personal Stuff:
Getting some classic SNES games!
Getting Mega Man Complete Works!

Deliberate Failtoid:
Why Battlefield 1943 is the worst game EVER!

Age: 23
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Profile: I'm a longtime gamer, and started playing video games during the transition from the NES to the SNES. Although I like retro games, I play mostly newer games on the 360. Still, my favourite gaming memories are from all-nighters filled with Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and Smash Bros. in the late 90s.

I'm looking for a career in public service, politics or other fields where research and writing are critical. Though, the closer it's related to games, the better.

I make videos, animated gifs, podcasts and all kinds of random stuff in my spare time. I'm also trying to develop my own gaming website (details coming eventually).

Systems: NES, Super NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo 64, Wii, Sega Genesis, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, PC, Colecovision (my dad's). Also, many other systems (including arcade) that I not emulate.

Some Favourite Games:
Retro (NES-SNES eta): Megaman 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario All-Stars, Sonic 3, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Robotrek, Illusion of Gaia, Megaman X, Lufia 1 and 2, Strider, Metal Slug, Twilight Zone pinball.

Retro Limbo (N64 era): Ogre Battle 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Mystical Ninja starring Goemon, Goemon's Great Adventure, Descent: Freespace.

Modern: Halo: Reach, Modern Warfare 2, Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta, Tales of Vesperia, Fallout 3, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Metroid Prime 1-3, Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam, Hearts of Iron II, Europa Universalis III, Civilization IV.

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